Ping Deng, Ph.D.
 Title: Prof & Monte Ahuja Endow Chair
Professor & Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair of Global Business
 Dept: Management
 Office: BU 434
 Phone: 216-875-9793
 Fax: 216-687-4708
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. BU 434, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Emerging market multinational corporations (EMNCs), Outward foreign direct investment (FDI) from China and other emerging countries, Competition from Chinese MNCs and other EMNCs, Internationalization of Chinese companies and other EMNCs; Cross-border mergers & acquisitions (M&As) from emerging economies, Theoretical advancement and contextual research, Global strategy & implementation
Ph.D., International Business Studies, Old Dominion University, 1998
M.A., International Business Studies, Old Dominion University, 1997
B.A., International Relations (Law degree), Remin University of China, Beijing, 1990
Brief Bio:
Dr. Ping Deng graduated from Renmin (People's) University of China, Beijing with law degree (1990) and earned M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (1998) in international business studies and strategy from Old Dominion University, USA. Dr. Deng is the Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair of Global Business and Professor of Management (with tenure) at the Monte Ahuja College of Business (fully accredited by AACSB International), Cleveland State University (CSU), Ohio, USA. Before joining CSU in August 2013, he was a tenured full professor of business administration at Maryville University of St. Louis, MO, a highly ranked national university. The designation of the Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair (the highest academic honor at CSU) recognizes Dr. Deng's eminence in the field that reflects outstanding contributions to the discipline.

Dr. Deng's research focuses on global strategy, outward foreign direct investment (FDI) and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) from China and other emerging economies. Primarily as solo author, he has published more than thirty (30) articles in prestigious business and management journals, made numerous presentations at leading academic conferences, and regularly serve as expert reviewer and award-winning judge for a number of prominent journals, textbooks, and scholarly associations in the world. More importantly, Dr. Deng┬┐s papers are highly impactful. For example, based on the Web of Science (WoS) of Thomson Reuters, his 2009 article, "Why do Chinese firms tend to acquire strategic assets in international expansion?" is a "Highly Cited Paper"; since February 2014 it has consistently received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of its academic field based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.

Furthermore, just in the last five years, Dr. Deng's peer-reviewed publications (mainly as solo author) have been cited more than 1,500 times by other studies, putting him among the most influential scholars in the field of Chinese internationalization through outward FDI (Please see Google Scholar at Due to his well-established national and international reputation, Dr. Deng is honored as Eastern Scholar, Chair Professor of Special Appointment at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, honorary dean of the School of Business, Mianyang Normal University, China, and also awarded several national and international research grants.  Finally, Dr. Deng has been interviewed and highlighted by and/or quoted in influential media in the world and international organizations, including Washington Post, New York Times, USA TODAY, International Herald Tribune, Fortune magazine, Associated Press, and UNCTAD.
Honors and Awards:
The Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair of Global Business (2013 - Present ), "the highest honor that can be accorded to a member of the professorate" at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH; the first Endowed Chair that the University awarded to an outstanding scholar with distinguished research record in global business, reflecting outstanding contributions to the discipline and a level of productivity that has been demonstrated for an extended period of time with national and international recognition.

Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Special Appointments, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 08/2014 - Present

Outstanding Reviewer for Management Research Review in the Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 08/2014

Distinguished Service Award, Society of Chinese American Scientists and Professors (SoCAPS), 01/2012

Eastern Scholar (Chair Professor of Special Appointment at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning), the highest academic honor awarded by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Shanghai, China, 12/2009 - Present

Honorary Dean, School of Business, Mianyang Normal University, 12/2008 - Present

Distinguished Visiting Professor and Ph.D. supervisor, SWUFE, China, 09/2007 - Present

Douglas Nigh Memorial Best Paper Award Finalist, Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, 08/2010

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Guangxi University of Finance and Economics, China, 12/2008 - Present

Visiting Ph. D. Supervisor of Special Appointment, School of Economics and Management,  Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, 05/2007 - Present

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Mianyang Normal University, China, 10/2007

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Recognition, Full-page Cover Photo and Cover Story, Summer Issue of Maryville, the official magazine of Maryville University of St. Louis, 2006

Best Paper Award, Association for Global Business Annual Conference, USA, 11/2005

President Award for Exemplary Service in Scholarship, Maryville University of St. Louis, 05/2004
Teaching Areas:
International Business

Global Business & Strategy

International Management

Seminar on Emerging Economies and EMNCs

Seminar on Current Issues of Global Business & Strategy

Leading Organizational Change

Business Policy & Strategy
Professional Affiliations:
The Academy of Management (AOM)

The Academy of International Business (AIB)

The Southern Management Association (SMA)

Strategic Management Society (SMS)

Society of Chinese American Professors & Scientists (SoCAPS)

International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR)

British Academy of Management
Professional Service:

   Journal of World Business (2011 - )

   Management and Organization Review (two terms, 2010-2013; 2014 - )

   Asia Pacific Journal of Management (2014 -)


   Journal of International Business Studies

   Organization Studies

   International Journal of Management Reviews

   Global Strategy Journal

   Asia Pacific Journal of Management

   Journal of International Management

   Asia Business & Management

   International Marketing Review

   Journal of Business Research

   International Journal of Governance

   European Journal of International Management

   Journal of International Management

   Thunderbird International Business Review (also guest editor)

   Journal of Europe-Asia Studies

   Cambridge Journal of Economics

   International Business Review
Research Grants:
RESEARCH FUNDING (partial list)

Research Grant for the Monte Ahuja Endowed Chair of Global Business, the Monte Ahuja Endowment Fund of Cleveland State University, 2013 - Present.

Research Grant for faculty development and scholarship with an annual average amount of US$7,000 (2002-2013) as well as faculty sabbatical leave (2007-2008) and the corresponding research stipend and allowances, Maryville University of St. Louis.

Research Grant for Multidisciplinary Research Cooperative Initiatives between Guangzhou University and the Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS), 2012-2013 (Principal investigator; CNY200,000, equivalent to more than US$30,000).

Research Grant for Eastern Scholar (Chair Professor at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning), Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce, China, 2009-2012 (Principal investigator; CNY700,000, equivalent to more than US$100,000).

Research Grant for Eastern Scholar Research Team: Internationalization of Chinese Firms and Innovation, 2010-2013 Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce (CNY90,000, equivalent to more than US$14,000).

Research Grant for the 3rd Phase of 211 Project - International Business & Trade (Prominent Curriculum), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), China, 2008-2009 (Principal investigator; CNY350,000, equivalent to more than US$50,000).

Research Grant for Curriculum Development, Assessment and International Cooperation, Mianyang Normal University, China, 2007-2008 (Principal investigator; CNY82,000, equivalent to US$12,000).

Research Grant for research on the government role in the cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), IBM Center for The Business of Government, USA. August-December 2007, US$20,000.

Research and Seminar Grant for 2006 World Investment Report, The United Nations Conference for Trade and Conference (UNCTAD), 2006 (US$6,000).

Full Summer Research Grant, Eastern Oregon University, 2001 (US$15,000).